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Canterbury & Kent

Follow in the footsteps of Chaucer’s pilgrims to discover the delightful city of Canterbury in the Garden of England

  • England

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Culture

  • Jun

    Aug

    Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • A Blue Badge Guide to show the myriad delights of Canterbury
  • Broadstairs, possibly the finest town beach in the county?
  • Exploring Ramsgate's WW2 Tunnels
  • Exploration of Leeds Castle buildings and grounds.
  • Visit of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Dinner one evening in the roof top restaurant at our hotel with spectacular views of the Cathedral

Dominating the city is its magnificent Cathedral, one of the city’s three World Heritage Sites and which, as the headquarters of the Church of England has played a big part in the spread of British Empire and culture and English language around the globe. Originally dating back to Roman times, Canterbury’s medieval past can still be seen in its quaint narrow streets.

Historic Canterbury is an ideal centre for our explorations of weald and coast in one of the most fertile counties in Britain. We need at least a day to do justice to Canterbury. We have a morning’s guided tour to help with this. Using public transport where possible we will explore Ramsgate, with its old Royal Harbour and the seaside town of Broadstairs, where Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor. 

Inland, we have a day excursion to Leeds Castle, considered by some as “the loveliest castle in the world”, with an included tour of the castle and time to stroll in the grounds before returning to Canterbury.


  • Half Board accommodation at our centrally located hotel
  • All local transport costs (a mix of private coach and public buses used when necessary)
  • Morning Blue Badge guided tour of Canterbury
  • All entrance fees to fulfil the holiday programme including Canterbury Cathedral, Ramsgate's Tunnels and Leeds Castle
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

50070

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrival at the hotel. You will meet your fellow travellers for an initial briefing before dinner. Dinner is taken in the hotel tonight.

Check in at the hotel is from 3pm.

Day 2

Canterbury

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

After breakfast you will meet our Blue Badge Guide for a morning walk around Canterbury. The old town contained within the city walls is compact and easily explored on foot. There will be a coffee stop en route. This afternoon after an included visit to the cathedral, your Adagio leader will offer a local walk to explore further but you may prefer to visit some of the many cultural attractions the city offers. Dinner is in the hotel.

Day 3

The Medieval Town of Sandwich

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Today we travel by bus to the historic town of Sandwich with its many medieval buildings. After a short tour of the town with your leader you will have some free time. You may wish to visit the town's museum or take in  an aerial view from St Peter's Church tower or simply wander around the pretty streets. After lunch we will head out into the countryside, following the River Stour and perhaps getting as far as the sea.

Day 4

Leeds Castle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    20m

We have private transport to take us inland to Leeds Castle. Dating back a thousand years and more the castle is steeped in history. There will be plenty of time to explore the building and grounds. The history of the castle is fascinating and well documented. The grounds are beautifully laid out an offer a pleasant stroll through varied terrain. 

Day 5

Ramsgate & Broadstairs

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    35m

Today we take the train to Ramsgate and explore the town and Tunnels, to discover underground living in WW2. Then we have a lovely stroll along the cliff path around to Broadstairs - a quintessential British seaside town, it is the perfect place for an ice cream by the bandstand overlooking the beach and then perhaps a paddle on the sandy beach.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Your holiday finishes today after breakfast and check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.  

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Jun 2024 - 7th Jun 2024 (5 Nights)

18th Aug 2024 - 23rd Aug 2024 (5 Nights)

22nd Sep 2024 - 27th Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hampton by Hilton Canterbury

Hampton by Hilton Canterbury is situated within Canterbury’s ancient city walls. The hotel is nestled among shops and cafes, a five-minute walk from the iconic Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way, you’ll cross High Street, lined with restaurants, bars, and historic sites. The Marlowe Theatre and Whitefriars shopping mall are each within a half-mile. 

The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The hotel enjoys air-conditioned rooms with desk, safe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. A continental or buffet breakfast is also offered. 

There is also a small fitness room with various weights should you wish to use it. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This level mixes active sightseeing with shorter, city or countryside walks. Trips are not aimed at seasoned walkers, but you should be confident in managing walks of around 3miles at a leisurely pace with a few ups and downs. Where in more mountainous areas we use transport to access higher ground with ease. 

Usual daily walks - Distance: 3 miles; Ascent/Descent 150-200m; Terrain: good paths and tracks; Time: Short or Half Day exploration. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or  daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary" .

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

We include the local travel costs using a mix of private hire coaches and public services as necessary. 

Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

To reach the hotel ...

By Road -  From the M2, at junction 7, take the A2 exit to Canterbury/Dover. From the A2 take the exit towards Canterbury/Harbletown/A28, Continue on A2050. Go straight over the 1st roundabout, take the 3rd exit at the next roundabout, 2nd exit at the next roundabout and then at the next roundabout take the 1st exit into Watling Street. You will need to park in the multi-story car park on the right at the mini roundabout. Exit on the ground floor and turn left to the Square, walk through Marlowe Arcade ahead to St Margaret’s Street, where you will find the hotel a few metres down to the left.

Parking - The hotel does not have parking on site, but offers a parking pass for about £25 per night at the Whitefriars multi story car park mentioned above. Take your parking ticket to the hotel and you will be given a password when you leave.

Because parking is so expensive we recommend using public transport to get to the hotel or alternately consult: www.justpark.com for cheaper options.

By Rail -  There are two stations in Canterbury. 

Canterbury West is about a 20 minute walk from the hotel, but there are taxis which will drop you near to the hotel. To walk, turn right out of the station and at the end of the street turn left. Keep straight on past the Towers and turn right into St Margaret’s Street with Lloyds Bank on the corner.

Canterbury East is about 10 minutes from the hotel. Walk over the footbridge ahead and down the ramp turning left onto Castle Street. Turn right and after 100 metres follow the path across the green. Turn right and at The Three Tuns you will see St Margaret’s Street and the hotel ahead.

Route planning to and from Canterbury: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.


Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Your holiday is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. On one evening we will dine at the rooftop restaurant which offers spectacular views of the cathedral.

Lunches are not included to allow for flexibility and personal choice. You may choose to take a picnic each day (there is a M&S close to the hotel for supplies) or a day may include the chance for a cafe stop. Your group leader will advise.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Maps & Guidebooks

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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